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The 23-year-old Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown is getting a new name.

On Sunday, county and state officials will unveil the new name with a plaque that will hang in the facility’s lobby. The center is now the Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center, in honor of a former county executive and state senator.

Kramer, a North Bethesda resident, is 88. While he was county executive, from 1986 to 1990, he oversaw the opening of the Upcounty Regional Services Center, the expanded Germantown library, the BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department.

Sue Tucker, a county spokesperson, said they decided to rename the center because they wanted to honor Kramer for his work.

During his term, Kramer said he saw a need for upcounty services as more people moved into Damascus, Germantown, Poolesville and beyond.

“The upcounty, in my view, had been underserved. They were obviously the growing area in that time in Montgomery County,” he said. “They certainly deserved the same kinds of services that were provided in Wheaton and Silver Spring.”

Kramer recently toured the center, where he said he was “excited” to see people lined up to take advantage of their services. The Upcounty Regional Services Center houses the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, the county’s volunteer center, a daycare, housing assistance staff and other services.

“The building is beautiful, and the reason it’s successful is not because of the bricks and mortar, but because of the people serving the community,” Kramer said.

Kramer will be accompanied at the renaming ceremony by his son, Del. Benjamin Kramer (D-Dist. 19), and family friend and former U.S. Congresswoman Connie Morella.

The former county executive said it’s the first facility that has been named after him.

“I’m very honored,” he said.